What to expect: Paris’ Pigalle is an epicenter of debauchery with sex shops, peep shows, strip clubs, cabarets, and many other, unpublishable X-rated adventures. In terms of seediness, Pigalle might take the cake. That said, prostitution is actually illegal, so it’s more about the strip clubs and live shows. Just be careful; many of Pigalle's establishments have a rep as places where thugs bully tourists into handing over all their money.
What it’ll cost: It’ll usually run you about $22 (€20) to get into a live sex show, and once inside, expect $22 (€20) drinks, as well. Don't be surprised if the clubs randomly tack extra charges on to your credit card or if women try to pressure you into buying them drinks, which can end up running between $45-$110 (€30-€100) each. Yes, you just bought that nice lady a $138 Zima.
Be warned: If you can’t tell, it’s easy to get taken advantage of here. Clubs coax you in with no covers and promises of low-priced shows, but then lure you into buying things you didn’t even realize you were buying. Getting scammed, and possibly fearing for your life, is the norm.